These inspiring books recount the 'obstacle course' of life after quitting booze

Sobriety advocate Janet Gourand has recommend two must-read books for anyone trying to moderate or quit their relationship with alcohol.

Gourand is the founder of World Without Wine, a sobriety community which provides support and workshops.

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The wonderful thing about these books is that they focus on what happens after the author has stopped drinking.

Janet Gourand, sobriety advocate

The Sober Diaries: How One Woman Stopped Drinking and Started Living by Clare Pooley

This book by Clare Pooley is written in the form of diary entries. Gourand says the author takes the reader through her trials and also shares practical tips on how to stay booze-free.

Clare Pooley takes us through the ups and downs of her journey. She provides inspiration, practical tips, and lots of laughs along the way.

Janet Gourand, sobriety advocate

Pooley says her successful book has been translated into French, Dutch and German, adding that it may be turned into a television series in London.

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Pooley describes the day she decided to stop drinking three years ago, her sobriety journey and how her bestseller book was born.

I felt alone and ashamed. I found it difficult to talk to anyone in real life and that's why I started writing an online diary blog called "Mommy was a secret drinker".

Clare Pooley, author of The Sober Diaries

Hundreds of thousands of people over the world started reading it and could relate. It was a great big, supportive online community.

Clare Pooley, author of The Sober Diaries

I wrote anonymously for years under the name 'sober mummy', and I didn't tell anyone what I was doing. Coming out of the closet when my book was published was scary.

Clare Pooley, author of The Sober Diaries

I've found addiction is the one thing that unites people all over the world.

Clare Pooley, author of The Sober Diaries

The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober by Catherine Gray

Gourand says this book by Catherine Gray describes the appeal of sobriety and the cost of alcoholism.

It's about what happens when you hang in there, go through the obstacle course and get sober.

Janet Gourand, sobriety advocate

Catherine Gray is inspirational in the way she writes. She spends the first 60 days talking about her drinking and the next 200 pages talking about the sobriety.

Janet Gourand, sobriety advocate

Take a listen to the reviews and descriptions during The Literature Corner:


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